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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Definitions for tommyrot

  1. nonsense; utter foolishness.

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Citations for tommyrot
Then, as he saluted to acknowledge his tip, he added in the wheezy voice of the man of all weathers: "Tommy-rot, I call it, sir.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist, 1926
Mr. Ives ran a finger around the inside of his standing collar. "Tommyrot! Perfect and—and—utter—tommyrot!" Wilbur Daniel Steele, "Clay and the Cloven Hoof," Harper's Monthly Magazine, June to November, 1919
Origin of tommyrot
1880-1885
Tommyrot entered English in the late 1800s and is related to the word tomfool, a term that describes a grossly foolish or stupid person.